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Career Development Talk at the DKFZ PhD retreat in Weil der Stadt, June 2012

Career Development Talk at the DKFZ PhD retreat in Weil der Stadt, June 2012

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  • 1. Career paths for Life ScientistsDr. Barbara JanssensWeil der Stadt, June 2012
  • 2. PhD Career Manager Dr. Barbara Janssens v Masters biotechnology (Ghent, Belgium) v Erasmus (Uppsala, Sweden) v PhD in molecular cell biology (Ghent, Belgium) in 2002 v Postdoc cancer & cell migration (Institut Curie, Paris, France) v Trainee Publishing at Wiley-VCH in 2005 Ø  Publishing (ms central, peer review, editing, writing, typesetting, proof corrections) Ø  Corporate (finance, controlling, customer service, marketing, promotion,…) v Biotechnology Journal: Managing Editor and co-Editor-in-Chief v Management and strategic journal development biotechnology v Teaching Scientific Writing at HBIGS, DKFZ, Berlin, EMBO Ø 2011 PhD Career Manager for Helmholtz International Graduate School for Cancer Research at DKFZ Heidelberg, Germany27-Jun-12 Page 3 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 3. My career path Playground networkGraduate school Teaching Editor27-Jun-12 Page 4 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 4. Your career path? Today’s aims?v ? v Career developmentv Your Topic? v Career Plan A/Plan Bv Your Aim? v Jobs in the Life Sciences v Job hunting Ø Job searches Ø Networking Ø CV writing v Scientific vs soft skills27-Jun-12 Page 5 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 5. Career paths in the Life Sciences v Career development v Career Plan A/Plan B v Jobs in the Life Sciences v Job hunting Ø Job searches Ø Networking Ø CV writing v Scientific vs soft skills27-Jun-12 Page 6 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 6. Career Development Concept: Scientific Life Beyond the Lab27-Jun-12 Page 7 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 7. Career paths A Supervisor/Mentor Advisor B … C27-Jun-12 Page 8 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 8. Careers Service Milestones27-Jun-12 Page 9 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 9. Careers Service Milestones27-Jun-12 Page 10 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 10. •  Seminars •  Students/postdocs invite speakers from industry/ academia for open discussion events •  Practical workshops •  Job/postdoc searching, networking, interview training •  General training and “soft skills” •  Booklet with “job profiles” •  Science and Society activities •  Interest – Engagement - Experience •  Real PLUS on CV27-Jun-12 Page 11 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 11. •  In 2011 100 counselings a max 1h Ø General orientation Ø CV check Ø Application •  Career lunch on Thursdays Ø Get together Ø External guests: Consulting, Roche, P&G, EVI,… •  Annual Survey27-Jun-12 Page 12 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 12. •  Build network •  At present Facebook, LinkedIn, Xing, Research Gate,… •  Facebook 240 „likes“, 360 „friends“ •  Mailing list „jobs-for-phd“ •  Trace and keep track of DKFZ scientists •  Collaborations and joint calendar27-Jun-12 Page 13 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 13. Collaborations v  Heidelberg Campus Ø joint CAREER CALENDAR http://tinyurl.com/5wuerfx -  DKFZ PhD Council and Postdoc Network (PDN) -  DKFZ Senior Scientists Network (INESS) -  DKFZ Alumni -  BioContact -  HBIGS graduate school -  EMBO, EMBL Advanced Training, EMBL Alumni -  Heidelberg University careers service -  BtS Biotechnologie studenten initiative v  International partners -  Oxford and Cambridge Universities Careers Services -  Karolinska, Stockholm, Sweden -  Albert Einstein College New York, Cold spring Harbor, MIT -  Institut Curie, Paris -  Companies (Merck, Bayer, Siemens, BASF, Roche, Springer, Wiley, ..)27-Jun-12 Page 14 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 14. Career paths in the Life Sciences v Career development v Career Plan A/Plan B v Jobs in the Life Sciences v Job hunting Ø Job searches Ø Networking Ø CV writing Adapted from Gerd Altmann www.pixelio.de v Scientific vs soft skills27-Jun-12 Page 15 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 15. What is your Plan A? Academia Industry Don’t know27-Jun-12 Page 16 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 16. DKFZ PhD students want…27-Jun-12 Page 17 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 17. Career Aim after PhD at DKFZ27-Jun-12 Page 18 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 18. EMBL PhDEIPP students do after their PhD? What do students go… (Data from students who defended since 01/2004) Scientific careers outside research (13%) 18 9 Private sector Academic research (7%) research (80%) 108 Helke Hillebrand, EMBL 201027-Jun-12 Page 19 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 19. EMBL Postdocs go… What do Postdocs do after EMBL? (Data from 921 postdocs whose whereabouts are known) Scientific careers outside research (1%) 32 Non-scientific careers (3%) 90 Private sector research (10%) 13 786 Academic research (85%) Helke Hillebrand, EMBL27-Jun-12 Helke Hillebrand 08/2010Barbara Janssens 12 Page 20 PhD Career Service
  • 20. „Freedom“ in Academia v Temporary contracts and grants Ø You have to plan funding for next year v Freedom is relative27-Jun-12 Page 21 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 21. Academic positions in France, Germany, UK, USA Reinhard Kreckel http://www.daad.de/ID-E_Berlin/media/pdf/postdoc-vortrag-kreckel.pdf published in http://www.forschung-und-lehre.de/wordpress/?p=972327-Jun-12 Page 22 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 22. For Academia you need passion… v … and publications27-Jun-12 Page 23 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 23. „Safety“in Industry v Permanent contracts possible (often after trainee) v But also planning: Ø Appraisals („Mitarbeitergespräche“) Ø Projects Ø Funding v Safety is relative Ø Mergers and restructuring Ø Moving (Asia…)27-Jun-12 Page 24 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 24. Non-academic jobs v You can do everything! v Research in Industry (big pharma/small biotech) v Research/Project Management v Publishing, medical writing, journalism v Science communication and public relations v Patents v Teaching v Sales and Marketing v Consulting v Clinical trials and applications v Investment banking v Regulatory agencies v Informatics v ...27-Jun-12 Page 25 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 25. Entry points in Pharma Industry Business Sales Reg. Product Manager Medical Affairs Compliance Specialist Ass. Project Manager CRA (Clinical Res.) Patents Biostatistician Strategy Science Postdoc Management Operational Strategic Adapted from Tilo Senger and Daniel Gau,, Career Paths in Today’s Pharma Industry, DKFZ 201227-Jun-12 Page 26 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 26. Trends in Industry - job market v Understand industry and the market v Pharma outsources R&D § More collaborations § Less positions (postdocs etc) § But Project Managers needed v Biotech driving force § Scientific entrepreneurs § Less certain v Consulting Tilo Senger and Daniel Gau, Career Paths in Today’s Pharma Industry 27-Jun-12 Page 27 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 27. People more interesting than jobs v Ask people Ø Same job at same company can look very different Ø Different job at other company can be the same v Look at job profiles of former PhD students Ø Get a feeling for what they like Ø Why they moved Ø What they dislike!27-Jun-12 Page 28 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 28. Career paths in the Life Sciences v Career development v Career Plan A/Plan B v Jobs in the Life Sciences v Job hunting Ø Job searches Ø Networking Ø CV writing v Scientific vs soft skills27-Jun-12 Page 29 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 29. How to apply for postdoc positions v Postdoc: only if you really want to Ø Not as a default or trampoline (“easy to stay” or “better than nothing”) v Set your goals and priorities v Ask around in labs and on conferences v Check labs that got big grants (EMBO, ERC etc) Ø But only from the labs you like v More info Ø Guntram Bauer, A Fellowship Primer, HFSP www.hfsp.org Ø Chakrabarty, A Guide to Academia, Wiley 201227-Jun-12 Page 30 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 30. As a postdoc… v You are more an employee than a trainee v You communicate even more v Your main priority is to publish Ø Easy stuff first (collaborations, former projects) v You remain aware of time and funding left Ø There is no “hard goal” like the PhD degree Ø Need to continuously evaluate goals, projects and progress v You focus on RESEARCH Ø minimum of administrative tasks, taking or teaching courses Chakrabarty, A Guide to Academia, Wiley 201227-Jun-12 Page 31 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 31. How do you apply for other jobs? v Search jobs, portals v Interesting place v CV/application v Spontaneous application v Selection v … v Interview v Negotiations v Notice time v Hired!27-Jun-12 Page 32 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 32. Job search sites Int. DE v www.naturejobs.com •  www.stepstone.de v http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org •  www.monster.de v www.newscientistjobs.com •  www.jobvector.de v www.chemjobs.net •  www.scitec-career.com v www.jobsdb.com •  www.gate2lifesciences.de v http://jobsearch.monster.com •  www.absolventa.de v www.biotechjob.com •  http://jobs.zeit.de v http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess •  www.berufsstart.de v http://www.stepstone.com •  www.drarbeit.de v www.eurosciencejobs.com •  www.jobware.de v www.bcejobs.nl •  www.pharmajobs.com v www.labojobs.be27-Jun-12 Page 33 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 33. Learn to read job ads! v Even if you don’t want to apply now, you get a feeling for who is recruiting (=has money) v “Translate” the ad: what is asked for ? v Are skills Needed or Nice To Have? v What is the time frame? v For how long does the ad stay on?27-Jun-12 Page 34 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 34. Job hunting… X 40 Richard Bolles, What Color Is Your Parachute? 27-Jun-12 Page 35 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 35. Networking! v Start now! Look for INFORMATION v Learn to present yourself v Ask people about their work/life v Make info dates for 10 minutes v Send a personal „thank you“ v If people remember you... v ...something can come up!27-Jun-12 Page 36 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 36. Life/work Planning L/W-P It´s easier to act yourself v France: Daniel Porot into a new way of thinking, Ø www.porot.com than it is to think yourself Ø www.careergames.com into a new way of acting. v Germany: John Webb Ø www.life-work-planning.de Richard Nelson Bolles Ø www.lwp-seminare.de v US: Richard N. Bolles Ø www.jobhuntersbible.com v DKFZ WORKSHOP Ø Sat 07.07.2012 English (John Webb)27-Jun-12 Page 37 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 37. CV writing starts with... CV reading Richard Bolles, What Color Is Your Parachute? 27-Jun-12 Page 38 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 38. How employers recruit REGULAR TRACK ASAP - TRACK Ø Inform Human Resources Ø Inform Human Resources Ø HR posts job internally Ø Let‘s see…. Who do I know? Ø HR posts job externally Ø Invite connections to apply Ø Wait for application deadline Ø Select CVs from 1253+ Ø HR finds date for interview Ø Interviews one months later Ø Second round Ø Third round Ø Interview Ø Negotiations Ø Negotiations Ø Position filled Ø Position filled27-Jun-12 Page 39 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 39. CV writing starts with... CV reading v Typical CV workshop v You have 12 minutes to select one candidate v Which criteria do you use? v What attracts you in a cover letter? v When do you spot what is important? v -> YOUR list v …THIS is the list of CV writing tips27-Jun-12 Page 40 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 40. CV examples v http://jobsearch.about.com/library/cvsample v Google v Ask colleagues! E.g. postdoc in the lab: “how did your CV look like that got you hired”?27-Jun-12 Page 41 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 41. When is a CV NOT selected? v No cover letter v No motivation v Unclear v Not interesting v No extra skills v Not matching job description v Perfect but boring (standard without extra) v The person behind this CV does not appeal v …27-Jun-12 Page 42 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 42. Why is a CV selected?27-Jun-12 Page 43 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 43. Serial position effect: most important first! Serial position effect Drain needs Recall unblocking!! Mustn’t forget to do the shopping... I’m hungry... t Primacy Recency Deese and Kaufman, J. Exp. Psychol. 1957, 54, 180-187." Murdock , J. Exp. Psychol. 1962, 64, 482-488."27-Jun-12 Page 44 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service © Andrew Moore
  • 44. How often do you update your CV?27-Jun-12 Page 45 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 45. Career paths in the Life Sciences v Career development v Career Plan A/Plan B v Jobs in the Life Sciences v Job hunting Ø Job searches Ø Networking Ø CV writing v Scientific vs soft skills Ø Spend time efficiently Ø Skills, Business, Society27-Jun-12 Page 46 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 46. No time to lose… v … but think of the future NOW! v Efficient thinking rather than procrastination v Take time to Ø Develop skills Ø Take part in extracurricular activities Ø Involve in Science&Society Ø „Think“ of your future Ø Make lists of contacts, possible career goals, actions,,... Ø ….. is 30 minutes per week too much?...27-Jun-12 Page 47 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 47. 30 minutes to… v Read what INTERESTS you Ø Nature news Ø Science careers Ø Laborjournal Ø Magazines… v Search the WEB Ø Events Ø Info, Offers v NETWORK Ø Facebook, LinkedIn, Research Gate,… v TALK to people Ø Friends, colleagues, alumni, visitors, … Ø Use your coffee break to ask around!27-Jun-12 Page 48 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 48. Which skills do you need? v Soft skills -> project management, communication, management, professionalism, networking, self- promotion, leadership, … Ø http://www.asbmb.org/asbmbtoday/asbmbtoday_article.aspx?id=16697 v Skills assessment Ø Scientists often not aware of their experience or lack of Ø Myers Briggs Ø http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/publications/competencies v Courses are good, DOING something 100x better Ø FIND examples and stories in your life (e.g. L/WP method) Ø Organise events, supervise students, take INITIATIVE Ø Take a course or TEACH one27-Jun-12 Page 49 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 49. Get your profile! National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Core Competencies Self-Assessment Checklist Rate your current level of development in each of the following, with 1 being "Needs attention" and 9 being "extremely competent." For more information on these competencies, please visit www.nationalpostdoc.org/competencies. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 n/a 1 Discipline-Specific Conceptual Knowledge Analytical Approach to Defining Scientific Questions Design of Scientifically Testable Hypotheses Broad-Based Knowledge Acquisition Interpretation and Analysis of Data 2 Professional/Research Skill Development Literature Search Strategies and Effective Interpretation Experimental Design Statistical Analysis Data Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory Techniques and Safety Principles of the Peer Review Process 3 Communication Skills Writing Speaking Teaching Interpersonal Special Situations 4 Professionalism Workplace Institutional Collegial Universal 5 Leadership & Management Skills Leadership-Strategic Vision Leadership-Motivating and Inspiring Others Management-Project Management Management-Data and Resource Management Management-Research Staff Management 6 Responsible Conduct of Research Conflicts of Interest Data Ownership and Sharing Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship Identifying and Mitigating Research Misconduct Research with Human Subjects (when applicable) Research Involving Animals (when applicable)27-Jun-12 Page 50 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 50. Get active! v In every day-life Ø Identify points to improve Ø Set short-time goals Ø Ask friends, colleagues, PI, etc for feedback v In associations Ø http://bts-ev.de Biotechnologie Studenten initiative Ø http://www.yebn.de Young European Biotechnology Network v Write down achievements and stories v A story tells more than a certificates27-Jun-12 Page 51 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 51. Get a certificate!? European Business Competence Certificate v www.ebcl.eu v www.ebcl.info/international v in 24 languages v 40 to 60 hours preparation Ø Books and e-learning Ø Courses v Level A: Business Basis Ø Business objectives Ø Accounting Ø Costing and pricing Ø Business law v Level B: Business Planning27-Jun-12 Page 52 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 52. Level A Business Basis v Business objectives Ø Profitability, return on equity/investment Ø Liquidity, cash ratio, cash flow Ø Productivity, return on sales v Accounting Ø annual financial statement (balance sheet, P&L account) Ø assets side: fixed/current assets Ø liabilities side: equity/borrowed capital Ø Profit and Loss Account (P&L) v Costing and pricing Ø fixed costs degression Ø Shortterm and long-term break-even price v Business law Ø personal unlimited Liability, joint and several liability Ø http://www.ebcl.eu/accounting-scandals/27-Jun-12 Page 53 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 53. Science & Society v Why is Science & Society relevant? Ø Think and discuss §  YOUR role as a scientist §  Science in a broader sense §  Ethical issues §  Talking to the public §  Engaging in voluntary projects v What does this have to do with your career? a.  It should be a moral duty for every scientist b.  The real plus on your CV is your §  Interest – Engagement – Experience27-Jun-12 Page 54 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 54. Science & Society Ø Dublin ESOF – European Science Open Forum § http://esof2012.org/ Ø Group § http://www.facebook.com/Phdcareers/scisoc Ø Seminars in Heidelberg (EMBL, Uni, DKFZ) § http://www.embl.de/aboutus/science_society Ø Mentors § https://www.life-science-lab.org Ø Used equipment § http://adequationgermany.embl.de27-Jun-12 Page 55 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 55. Other Career Information v www.researchgate.net/cc.phdkfz Ø Ask dkfz PhD Council for access v www.prospects.ac.uk/careers Ø Free registration -> download; prints at our office § Career planning : decision time § Case studies- peoples stories § CV - Tips for CVs and covering letters § Flexible working: (dis)advantages, options § Interview - Tests and exercises info and tips § Job hunting : how, when, where? § Job options and requirements by subject § ….27-Jun-12 Page 56 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 56. Books27-Jun-12 Page 57 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 57. More books v See list27-Jun-12 Page 58 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 58. Career paths in the Life Sciences v Career development v Career Plan A/Plan B ?? v Jobs in the Life Sciences v Job hunting Ø Job searches Ø Networking Ø CV writing v Scientific vs soft skills27-Jun-12 Page 59 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 59. Thank you! "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde v For questions: Ø B.janssens@dkfz.de Ø careers@dkfz.de Ø Tel +49 6221 422146 Ø www.dkfz.de/phd/Careers.html27-Jun-12 Page 60 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service
  • 60. LIKE this page! www.facebook.com/phdcareers27-Jun-12 Page 61 Barbara Janssens PhD Career Service